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Date de publication:8 Septembre 2017
Besides studying Saturn and its rings, a good deal of the Cassini mission focused on the planet’s moons. Among those where the most discoveries have been made is Enceladus, an icy but surprisingly active world. Gabriel Tobie, a research scientist at the LPGN planetology and geodynamics laboratory in Nantes, gives us the details.
Date de publication:30 Août 2017
Cassini-Huygens is a joint NASA-ESA mission to Saturn and its moons. As the mission prepares to take its curtain call, Christophe Sotin, Chief Scientist, Solar System Exploration at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, looks back at the genesis of the project.
Date de publication:14 Septembre 2017
15 September 2017 will mark the end of the Cassini mission, after 13 years exploring the Saturn system. With its fuel fast running out, the spacecraft will plunge into the gas giant’s atmosphere where it will acquire one last series of science data before breaking up and falling silent forever. Philippe Zarka, astrophysics research director at the LESIA space and astrophysics instrumentation research laboratory at the Paris Observatory, takes us through Cassini’s final minutes.
Date de publication:6 Septembre 2017
In the space of 13 years, Cassini observed Saturn and devoted a lot of attention to its moons. With the mission now about to end, Patrick Michel, astrophysicist, planetologist and research director at the Côte d’Azur Observatory in Nice, reflects on the discoveries it has made about the planet’s natural satellites.